Windows 10 Quick Tips – The Innate Keylogger


keylogger-imageKeyloggers

“Keystroke logging, often referred to as keylogging or keyboard capturing, is the action of recording (logging) the keys struck on a keyboard, typically covertly, so that the person using the keyboard is unaware that their actions are being monitored. Keylogging can also be used to study human–computer interaction. Numerous keylogging methods exist: they range from hardware and software-based approaches to acoustic analysis.” ~ Wikipedia

Key Loggers have been the bane of computer enthusiasts for decades. Dating back to the early 1980s, and perhaps before, they have been known by many names. “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet”– they are all equally nefarious.

They allow the bad guys to steal just about anything you type, including, but not limited to, passwords, user names, social security numbers, bank account information, and a multitude of other sensitive information you wouldn’t normally share with anyone but your most trusted friends and family. Even those indelicate sites you may visit from time to time could be open to public view along with your means of entering such places. Heaven forbid!

Note: I am not for a minute second, suggesting that our readers would do such a thing. (Heaven forbid…)

There is a way to put the stops on this behavior and this week’s Quick Tips will show you how…

Windows 10 Has a Built-In Keylogger

Unbeknownst to many Windows 10 users, this operating system has an integrated keylogger which monitors everything you type (because they want to help you by allowing the system to know you better… right). This is the default setting and one I think you should disable, unless of course, you enjoy sharing this information with the rest of the world.


How to Disable Windows 10 Keylogging

Disabling the Keylogger in Windows 10 is a simple affair. Here are the easy steps to follow:

  1. Use the Hotkey combination Windows Key + I to bring up the Settings App
  2. Choose the Privacy option in the window that opens
  3. Choose the General link on the left

That should bring you here:

keylogger-settings

“Help Microsoft…”. Right. Somehow, I don’t think they are saying what they mean.

Simply toggle the indicated switch to the Off position to disable this “feature”.

Final Thoughts

Perhaps I am paranoid. Perhaps no one is actually chasing me, but just because I am paranoid does not mean someone is not chasing me. I therefore choose to err on the side of caution. A good bit of advice for everyone along these lines would be to check those Windows 10 Privacy Settings, from stem to stern, each and every time you get an upgrade from Microsoft. I know it’s a pain in the neck, but what choice do we have at the moment? It’s a constant battle of late, isn’t it…


Windows 10 may be one of the best operating systems Microsoft has ever devised, but they keep messing it up! Now, they are putting Ads where they don’t belong! (There will be a Quick Tips article about how to put the kibosh on that nasty business, too, when the Creators Update finally rears its head.)

Those Privacy Settings have been known to change course after updates, and not necessarily in a direction we desire,

Richard

About the Author

Richard Pedersen

Richard received his first computer, a C-64, in 1982 as a gift and began dabbling in BASIC. He was hooked! His love for computing has led him from the old “XT” boxes to the more modern fare and from clunky 10MB hard drives to smooth and fast modern day SSD drives. He has run BBS services, Fido mail, and even operated his own computer repair business.

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